The College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) is making strategic changes to reduce barriers for applicants not yet registered in Canada to receive permits to practise in Alberta. We are committed to helping strengthen health care in the province.
Our priority is registering applicants who meet the updated criteria for safe nursing practice as quickly as possible.
The College has a commitment to excellence, and as part of that commitment we continually look for ways to improve and innovate our processes to make it as simple as possible for qualified registered nurses to obtain permits.
We want to make it easy for nurses to choose Alberta.
The College is updating procedures and streamlining the application process so that qualified applicants can start working in Alberta more quickly.
Recent changes include:
"The CRNA is committed to ensuring that the application process for all equivalent and substantially equivalent applicants is transformed to enhance the health-care system for all Albertans." Joy Peacock, CEO and registrar
"The College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) has made strategic changes to the application processes for equivalent and substantially equivalent applicants to increase its contribution to Alberta's health-care system."
Coming in 2023: New Registration Process Will Remove Delays and Improve Pathways For Internationally Educated Nurses
Internationally Educated Nurses Can Apply to Become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Internationally Educated Nurses by the Numbers
Changes to English Proficiency Tests
Provisional Permits While Waiting to Take the Nursing Exam
Eligible Bridging Programs for Internationally Educated Nurses Registering for the First Time
Helping Applicants Meet the Currency Requirements to Obtain a Permit
Expanding and Modernizing Processes for Internationally Educated Nurses
"Alberta and the Philippines have signed an MOU to assist in the recruitment of both registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, a crucial part of Alberta’s plan to attract internationally educated nurses to the province."
Training More Doctors and Nurses - Government of Alberta
Streamlining Nursing Assessment - Government of Alberta
HCAP: New Strategy to Grow Health Workforce - Government of Alberta
Supporting Internationally Educated Nurses - Government of Alberta
Language Proficiency Requirements: Updated Cutscores/Benchmark Levels - Canadian Nurses Regulators Collaborative
Language Proficiency Requirement Deferred to Regulatory Process for All NNAS Applicants - National Nursing Assessment Service
Agreement Aims to Bring More Nurses to Alberta- Government of Alberta